LAS VEGAS -- It wasn’t all political commentary from coach Steve Kerr at Team USA training camp in Las Vegas on Tuesday. In classic fashion, the Golden State Warriors front man answers the questions lobbed his way, regardless of the subject.
One of the topics of discussion centered around De’Aaron Fox and his play with the national team after Day 2 of training camp.
“I think it's a great experience for him,” Kerr said. “De’Aaron’s already a really good NBA player, but there’s another level he can get to.”
A late add to the main roster, Fox appears on a mission to make the traveling team that will open the FIBA World Cup against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1 in China.
The Team USA roster is thin at the point guard position and there is a good shot that the Kings’ starting point guard gets an invite to next week’s continuation of camp in Los Angeles.
“To come in and play with these players from around the league, play for Gregg Popovic and play for your country, it’s such a great experience for everybody, but particularly for a guy like De’Aaron, who I think has a chance to get to an All-Star level player,” Kerr added. “This is going to be an important stepping stone.”
Fox made a tremendous jump from his rookie to second season in the league and there is hope around Sacramento that he has plenty more room to grow.
Kerr was also asked about Harrison Barnes and what his experience with the national program means.
“It’s valuable. He was on the Olympic team three years ago and this team this summer is a pretty young group,” Kerr said. “It’s nice to have guys like Harrison and P.J. Tucker, veteran players that have been around a lot who can kind of lead the way for the younger group.”
The camp continues on Wednesday and Thursday before Team USA faces off against the Select Team Friday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.